DAVID GREEN-27-Scott Towels/Giant Ford Taurus (Finished 11th) "We had a good run, but it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong all year has really bit us, and it's really no reflection on how hard these boys have worked. We're...
DAVID GREEN-27-Scott Towels/Giant Ford Taurus (Finished 11th)
"We had a good run, but it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong all year has really bit us, and it's really no reflection on how hard these boys have worked. We're having a tough time on pit road, and as soon as I say that, the competition is sky-high. It's tough competition on pit road now, but my car, I was happy with the way it worked and the adjustments they made. When we got the car the best, which was at the very end of the race and that's what you always want to do, but we had our worst track position. We kinda fell back there and Nemechek and I raced pretty hard. You kind of want to put a bumper and move guys out of the way, but it was a lot of fun racing like that. It's just a shame we missed out on a top-10 by a few feet. It's a step in the right direction for our team and we maybe somewhat shook the bad luck."
IS IT EVEN TOUGHER WHEN YOU'RE AN INDEPENDENT BUSCH SERIES TEAM RACING AGAINST CUP-AFFILIATED PROGRAMS? "My teammate Greg, he's the hottest guy on the Cup side and he comes over and we have all the same equipment and he sets the bar high. I think this race showed that Stewart (Cooper, crew chief) and my guys are doing a good job. I enjoy having him as my teammate because he's the rabbit that's going to be fast all of the time. Besides Greg, all of the other Cup drivers are driving for Cup-affiliated teams. Don't get me wrong, it adds for good competition, but it's awful difficult because when you come on pit road they can put out those 13-second stops and the competition is such now on the race track that it's hard. If you lose five or six spots in the pits you're lucky to make two of them up. I'm very happy with the way our whole program is going, but I'm also a little disappointed we haven't finished in the top five, but I can see how tough the competition is and we'll keep working at it."
ASHTON LEWIS, JR.-25-Team Marines Ford Taurus (Finished 14th)
"I honestly thought we had a car that could have easily been in the top 10, but we just lost too many spots on pit road. It's unfortunate because I thought if we could just maintain that we would have been all right. We had a good starting spot, but we lost too many there. We had decent car, but not a great car. It was tough to pass. We were good, but we weren't good enough to pass people, so we need to work on the chassis some, too. It was just kind of frustrating there at the end. I thought we were going to at least salvage a top-10, even though it was going to be 10th, but we had that incident with the 38 car."
ARE THE CUP DRIVERS BEING TOO AGGRESSIVE IN THE BUSCH RACES? "I think so. Every incident that I've had this year, except for one of them, has been with a Cup guy. They always say that they're coming down here to have fun and learn, but it's not fun and learning for us. It's us trying to make careers and run for a championship, and I think they take some chances they wouldn't take in the Cup car and that's unfortunate."
KENNY WALLACE-22-Stacker 2 Ford Taurus (Finished 9th)
"We had a strange thing happen. We started off running there in the top five or six, and on our first pit stop we were running a little bit warm so we went to pull just a half inch of tape off of it, and I don't know if because of the rain and water got in it, but it pulled every bit of tape off the whole nose. That's when I fell back and it wouldn't turn and that's so critical, but we learned a lot to go to work a little bit more on the downforce of the nose. We finished ninth and we're only 230 out of the lead now. Carl is having some of that bad luck that we had, and we're going to a track that we ran second at earlier in the year. We just need to work a little bit more on front-end downforce."
ARE THE CUP DRIVERS BEING TOO AGGRESSIVE IN THE BUSCH RACES? "I watched the replay there and what happened is Kyle got loose underneath the 21 and wiggled up in to him. I think we're looking at a mini-Cup series. I told everybody that the top seven teams in the Busch Series are Cup affiliated. It's fine with me. I've got 300 Cup starts and I'm a Cup driver, too. We just race everything."
JASON KELLER-35-McDonald's Ford Taurus (Finished 7th)
"We got a top-10 finish today and that's what this race team is about. We just need to keep getting better and today we were, so I'm pretty excited about going to Nashville. Nashville is actually the only race track that me and Pat (Smith, crew chief) have been to together that we're going to get to run. It's the first repeat track of the year, so I'm pretty excited to have some notes to go back to Nashville. We finished eighth there, so we're inching up and we'll keep digging. We were a lot better on the long runs today. That next-to-last set of tires, I felt like we were about as good as anybody."
YOU BATTLED PRETTY HARD WITH THE NO. 5 CAR IN THE CLOSING LAPS. "I kind of let him pinch me down there a little bit, but it's so hard to pass when you're on those tires sliding around. You take a chance of knocking yourself out as well as him. He moved his groove up and that's where I needed to be up off of the corner. We battled with a lot of really good cars and that showed we can continue to do that, and I'm excited about that."
ARE THE CUP DRIVERS BEING TOO AGGRESSIVE IN THE BUSCH RACES? "They don't have anything to lose, so they can move around on the race track and slide around. They can take a lot more chances. We've got to finish these races. We finished seventh and we can't take those crazy chances."
CARL EDWARDS-60-Charter Communications Ford Taurus (Finished 31st)
WAS THERE ANY INDICATION THAT A PROBLEM WAS DEVELOPING? "No, there was no indication at all; something broke. That's so frustrating because the car was really good. I had a feeling we were going to finish first or second, probably second because Martin was really good. The whole Charter team did a really good job all day. We haven't had any trouble with the engines all year. They've been doing s good job, it was just probably a part failure or something."
DID THE POINTS RACE ENTER YOUR MIND WITH TRUEX LEADING AND SORENSON BEHIND YOU? "Just a little. We lost a 100 points to Martin, but that's racing and we'll gain them back."
DALE JARRETT-90-CitiFinancial Ford Taurus (Finished 4th)
"We were pretty tight for the first part of the race, and Todd (Parrott) kept adjusting on the car and made it a lot better and actually got it a little bit free there at the end, which was what we needed. These guys did a really good job, good pit stops and it's nice that CitiFinancial comes on board and allows us to do this program because I think it really helps us for Sunday."
WHAT DID YOU LEARN FOR SUNDAY? "We made some air pressure adjustments and some chassis adjustments that we think will help. I know with my car, and I know Elliott's M&M's car is really good for tomorrow, but my car was still a little bit tight in the Cup side, so we'll make some adjustments from that and hopefully be really good for tomorrow."
BOTH OF ROBERT YATES RACING'S NEXTEL CUP CREW CHIEFS WERE IN YOUR PITS TODAY. "That's why we put this program together, for it to be a community effort and hopefully to learn something for Sundays. If they're there being a part of it, they know what the cars have and what adjustments we made, so that can get us a head start on Sunday."